Living with lung cancer

Once your treatment is over, your doctor will want to see you for regular check-ups. This is known as follow-up. At first these check-ups will be quite often but gradually become less frequent. The follow-up will continue for at least five years.

At the check-up, you may have tests like a physical exam, X-rays, scans, a bronchoscopy, lung function tests or blood tests.

If you have any problems in between these appointments, contact your doctor or nurse without delay. Do tell them about your concerns and do not wait until your next appointment.

Get support for lung cancer

If you would like to speak to someone who has had lung cancer, call our Cancer Nurseline Freephone 1800 200 700 and ask to speak to one of our Survivor Support volunteers.

Our volunteers provide practical information and emotional support to newly diagnosed patients.

There are many cancer support centres and voluntary groups around the country. If you feel they could help you and your family, call our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 or see our online directory of Irish Cancer Society affiliated support groups.

Our cancer nurses can give you more information on counselling or support groups in your area. We can also help you cope with the emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis.

You may also find it helpful to watch our series of videos, Living with Lung Cancer - A guide to help you through the journey ahead, which are available on YouTube.

Caring for someone with lung cancer

If you are caring for someone with lung cancer, you may find our booklet Caring for Someone with Lung Cancer helpful. To access a print copy of the guide, drop into a Daffodil Centre or call the Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 and speak to one of our specialist cancer nurses.

You might also find it useful to read our information on the emotional effects of cancer.

If you are caring for someone seriously ill at home, our booklet A time to care may be useful.

Useful websites

Lung cancer information for patients and carers

Help, information and advice on how to stop smoking

Online emotional support

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Date Last Reviewed: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018